from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Chiefly British Shaky; feeble.
- adj. Chiefly British Wrong; awry.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Lopsided, misaligned or off-centre.
- adj. Feeble, shaky or rickety.
- adj. Suffering from intermittent bugs; broken.
- adj. Generally incorrect.
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- adj. inclined to shake as from weakness or defect
- adj. turned or twisted toward one side
Probably alteration of dialectal wanky, alteration of wankle, from Middle English wankel, from Old English wancol, unsteady.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From English dialectal wanky, alteration of Middle English wankel ("unstable, shaky"), from Old English wancol ("unstable"), from Proto-Germanic *wankulaz (“swaying, shaky, unstable”), from Proto-Germanic *wankōnan (“to sway, be unsteady”), from Proto-Indo-European *wa(n)k-, *wek-, *wag-, *weg- (“to swing, be unsteady, slant, be crooked”). Cognate with Scots wankle ("wonky"), Dutch wankel ("shaky"), German Wankelmut ("fickleness, inconstancy, vacillation"), Danish vanke ("to wander"). See also wankle. (Wiktionary)